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Canadians on a tear heading into New Year

Skiers finish season close to the podium, as Whistler's Jeff Hume announces his retirement

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"I knew it wouldn’t hold but that’s the best placing I’ve seen in a long time," she said. "To me that says that what I’m working on is working."

Janyk will be back in action this weekend in another slalom at Zagreb, Croatia, where she hopes to qualify for February’s Torino Olympics.

Hume retires from the national team, joins WMSC

Whistler’s Jeff Hume announced his retirement from the Canadian Alpine Ski Team on Tuesday, Dec. 27, bringing an end to a career that spanned more than eight seasons.

It was a surprise announcement to say the least. In the 2004-05 season Hume ranked 36 th in the world in downhill, and had a career-best sixth place finish on the course in Chamonix.

But then Hume has also had his share of serious injuries over the years, including a concussion during the 2003-04 season. For Hume, who often posted some of the fastest split times on the top of the course only to crash or go off course in the lower section, it was always all or nothing.

So far this season the 26 year old had struggled, finishing just two of five World Cup races, both outside of the Top-30.

Still, Hume feels he’s retiring on a high note.

"I did not want to have any regrets or negative feelings for something that has been such a large part of my life for so long," said Hume in his retirement announcement. "On one hand I did not want to be a quitter, but I also didn’t want to be scared to move on. There was a fine line, but I believe that I made the right decision."

Hume already has plans for the future. He will join the Whistler Mountain Ski Club for the rest of the season as a coach, before embarking on a post-secondary education in real estate. He’s also looking forward to doing some travelling – without his skis – and has plans to visit Australia.

As a coach he feels he has a lot of skills and advice to pass on to the next generation of athletes.

"I would tell a young racer to be persistent. In skiing there are bad days as well as good and you can’t let the bad days cast a shadow. Hard work and perseverance are the keys," he said.

In his retirement letter, Hume also thanked his coaches over the years, as well as Alpine Canada Alpin, B.C. Alpine, the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, his sponsors, the Weasel Workers, the Sleddogs and his family.